First post, by mtest001
Long story short: in an effort to get my old P200MMX build accept a "large" 128GB hard-drive (see here: Help me find the best storage option for my Socket7 - Intel Pentium MMX build) I attempted to flash a newer, patched version of the BIOS, but it failed dramatically: the awdflash utility crashed right after clearing the installed BIOS, and now I am left with a dead computer.
At boot I can hear 1 long and by two short beeps, and the computer tries to read the floppy. So it seems at least the bootblock is working.
I tried to boot on a recovery disk which I prepared based on a DOS6.22 boot disk on which I copied the BIOS file and the awdflash utility, and then changed the AUTOEXEC.BAT to run the flash program with /py and /sn options. The computer boots up and reads the floppy for 30 seconds or so, but then nothing happens. The recovery procedure does not seem to work. Unfortunately I do not have an ISA video card so I'm completely blind. Also the keyboard is unresponsive (no light on when pressing num lock). No sure if normal or not.
I'll try to find an ISA video card so at least I can see what happens. In the meantime I am open to any suggestion...
Could it be that my BIOS chip is defective? If so can I try to replace it (where to find those things?) or am I better off trying to find a new mobo?
Mainboard: Shuttle HOT-569 Socket 7 (chipset 430TX, PCI 2.1)
CPU: Pentium MMX 200 @ 225 (3 x 75 MHz)
Memory: 128 MB SDRAM
HDD: IBM DCAA-34330 Deskstar 4 4.3 GB 5400 rpm
Soundblaster live with front 5.25" panel
Accton ISA network card (10 Mbps NE2000 compatible)
5.25 SAMSUNG CD-Master 52E
3.5" Floppy drive
Serial 3 buttons Logitech mouse M-M35-9F
12 inches VGA screen from TATUNG